My School data 'inaccurate'
Sydney Morning Herald - Dan Harrison - July 5, 2011

The West Australian and Tasmanian governments and many independent schools are unable to separate their income and spending for preschool students from that for school students. However the federal education department has decreed that in the next...

Why we're becoming a nanny state
Adelaide Now - Callie Watson - July 04, 2011

In days gone by if you had a nanny it was a sign you had a lot of money... It's becoming a more affordable option." Ms McKenna said the increasing popularity of nannies was also providing a new career path, different from that of a childcare worker...

Interview with Ian Henschke, ABC 891
DEEWR - July 1, 2011

KATE ELLIS: Well, the industry were actually part of the extensive consultations. Now, what we want to do is ensure that there is a high quality across the board. Now, obviously that will cost more for the centres which at the moment don't have adequate supervision and don't train their staff...

Child carers call for gradual reform
Sydney Morning Herald - Bonny Symons-Brown - July 1, 2011

Childcare providers have called on the federal government to slow the rollout of its planned reforms to the sector until it can afford to fund them entirely. A draft Productivity Commission report into Australia's early childhood development workforce...

Subsidy call for childcare fee rise
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - July 01, 2011

TAXPAYER subsidies for childcare will have to increase to stop working mothers cutting back their hours when fees rise next year under changes to the sector, the Productivity Commission has warned. In a 438-page draft report on the early childhood...

Reforms to push up childcare costs
Herald Sun - Elissa Doherty - July 01, 2011

LOW-income parents could be forced to remove their children from childcare if costs rise because of reforms, the Productivity Commission has found. The reforms, to be introduced in January, involve a "substantially larger and more highly qualified ...

New child rules may raise costs
The Age - Dan Harrison - July 01, 2011

CHILDCARE fees are likely to rise because of national reforms to improve quality, the Productivity Commission has warned. In a draft report on the early childhood workforce released yesterday, the commission said there was a risk that disadvantaged...

Tighter rules put childcare centres out of business
The Australian - Sue Dunlevy - June 30, 2011

CHILDCARE operators have begun to sell off their businesses to avoid a barrage of new fines and regulations that are expected to force fees up by an average $13 per child per day, more than 20 times what the government had predicted. Kerry Lada, who ran…

Take-A-Break cuts threaten occasional childcare
Melbourne Times Weekly - Anna Whitelaw - June 28, 2011

PARENTS, neighbourhood houses and childcare workers will rally to save occasional childcare funding this Thursday, after state funding cuts threatened fee hikes and closures. The rally, on the steps of Parliament, will protest the Baillieu government's decision...

No gender allowed at preschool; 'Him' and 'her' nixed to keep boys and girls equal
NY Daily News (USA) - June 28, 2011

At the "Egalia" preschool, staff avoid using words like "him" or "her" and address the 33 kids as "friends" rather than girls and boys. From the color and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children...

Childcare cash to be paid weekly
The Advertiser - Mark Kenny - June 28, 2011

FAMILIES will have access to more flexible government assistance when childcare rebates are made available weekly instead of quarterly. Announced in the May Budget, the change means the subsidy of 50 per cent of out-of-pocket childcare costs can be...

Any which way to meet care costs
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne - June 26, 2011

WORKING mothers are increasingly using a combination of care, including nannies, to keep on top of spiralling childcare costs with many losing money to stay in employment. Long day care centres charge as much as $130 a day and fees are predicted to rise...

Numbers add up as mothers return to work sooner
The Age - Michelle Griffin - June 24, 2011

In the June quarter last year, 869,770 children were enrolled in formal childcare, up 8.7 per cent from June 2009. The numbers are tipped to rise again next financial year, as families can get the rebate deducted directly from their fortnightly bills from July 1...

A passionate educator, but the pay is too low
Sydney Morning Herald - Jim O'Rourke - June 26, 2011

"They should be in the same bracket as teachers and nurses. At the moment, childcare workers simply cannot aspire to the same standard of living as the parents whose children they educate". The union has organised a childcare crisis summit to be held on...

Family claims are Labor nonsense: Margie Abbott
Sunday Herald Sun - Samantha Maiden - June 26, 2011

As the Liberal leader's wife prepares to join Mr Abbott and youngest daughter Bridget on a trip to Hopevale in far north Queensland to volunteer in an Aboriginal community, Mrs Abbott has also declared she's not her husband's "shadow" and that childcare workers are undervalued...